School of Arts & Humanities Faculty

School of Arts & Humanities Faculty

Communication Faculty


Marcia Hair, M.A.

Adjunct Faculty

General Education Communication and Conflict Resolution

Marcia Hair has been a part of the Atlanta community for over 40 years, as an educator, artists’ agent, corporate art consultant, and mediator. Born in Florida and educated in Georgia, she spent most of her undergraduate career at the University of Georgia, where she was a member of the Georgia Debate Union, before earning her B.A. degree in Theater and M.A. degree in Communication at Georgia State University. She continued with post-graduate work in Mediation at the Manley Institute, Conflict Resolution Academy, and Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Academic interests include the structure of effective health care messages, gender and politics, public speaking, rhetorical theory, speechwriting, conflict resolution, and corporate communication. In addition to her work with architects and space planners on the arrangement of art collections for businesses and academic institutions, she currently serves as a family and divorce mediator with Cobb County Superior Court. Her specialty in mediation is in working with victims of domestic violence and families in crisis, and she currently aids pro se parties in pre-hearing negotiations in Temporary Protective Order Court proceedings.

Ms. Hair is married, the mother of grown children, and a professional grandmother. Spare time is devoted to gardening, travel, kayaking, and mountain hiking.


Christine Johnson

Visiting Professor

General Education Communication and Multimedia

Josh Marsh

Josh Marsh, Ph.D.

Professor of Communications

Screenwriting, Digital Storytelling, Advanced Multimedia, Web and Media Design

Julia Silka

Julia Silka, M.S.

Adjunct Faculty

General Education Communication and Strategic Communication

Matt Bearden

Adjunct Faculty

General Education Communication and Strategic Communication

English Faculty

Kathleen Alden, M.S.

Adjunct Faculty

General Education Composition (Online)

Charles W. Jones

Adjunct Faculty

General Education Composition


Stephanie M. Autry, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of English 

Assistant Director of the Center for Student Success 


Donna L. Coffey Little, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of the Creative Writing Program

Creative Writing; Romanticism; Modernism; Women's Literature; Environmental Approaches to Literature; Holocaust Studies

B.A., College of William and Mary
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Pine Manor College
Ph.D., University of Virginia

Faculty Awards:
Faculty Research /Scholarship Award (2007)
United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award (2004)

Catherine Emanuel’s creative and scholarly works have appeared in West Virginia Philological Papers, A House of Gathering: Poets on May Sarton, The Puckerbrush Review, The Tennessee English Journal, Southern Voices in Every Direction, Kalliope, Crossroads, New River Free Press, The Phoenix, The Cold Mountain Review, and the next edition of Naugatuck River Review.

Catherine Emanuel successfully completed a grant from the History Channel to create the documentary film “The History of Athens: Understanding the Hidden Truth,” completed in 2007.

Joy A. Farmer, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Coordinator of the English Program

American Literature, Southern Literature, Literature and film

Recent Achievement: What I Miss Most About Marriage (Finishing Line Press 2012)

Faculty Awards: Faculty Research/Scholarship Award (2003)

Gregory Flail, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty

General Education Composition

Geoffrey Adams

Adjunct Faculty

General Education Composition

Michelle Harlow

L. Michelle Harlow, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of English
Coordinator of English Secondary Education

Classical literature; drama; theatre, English Secondary Education

B.A., University of Oklahoma
M.Ed., Central State University

Faculty Awards:
Vulcan Teaching Award (2006)
Jane England Teaching Award (2008)

Ms. Harlow completed a master's thesis about differentiated learning styles in college education. In her 16 years at Reinhardt University, she has performed in and directed plays for the Cherokee Little Theatre Players. She has written a screenplay from a contemporary novel, and she teaches script writing for stage and film. In addition, she is interested in international travel, most recently as part of a Fulbright-Hayes funded study trip to China and Tibet in the summer 2005. Ms. Harlow, who has served as faculty advisor for S.T.A.R. (student drama club) as well as Director of Reinhardt 100 (first-year experience), received the Vulcan Award for Teaching Excellence in 2006 and the Jane England Teaching Award (2008).

Graham Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Old and Middle English language and literature, Old Norse language and literature, Historical Linguistics, Medievalism (particularly the work by the Inklings), Paremiology (study of proverbs)

B.A. English Honors, University of British Columbia
M.A. Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
Ph.D. Saint Louis University

A dual Canadian/American who grew up in Vancouver, BC, Dr. Johnson completed a dissertation entitled Ancestral Wisdom: Old and Middle English Proverb Collections. It is a study of the four major proverb collections from medieval England. Interest in becoming a medievalist began in a 200-level British Literature survey as a sophomore, centering upon puzzlement over the meaning of what exactly Hrothgar is telling Beowulf in "Hrothgar's Sermon." From this point, it was but a step to begin studying Old English as a language. Interest in proverbs, maxims, and other assorted "wisdom-bites" followed, especially concerning their use in Old English and Old Norse literature. Dr. Johnson joined the Reinhardt University English faculty in fall 2007. He teaches linguistics, Viking literature, Arthurian literature, Chaucer, and Tolkien.

In 2013-2014, he received the United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award. 

Margaret Morlier

Margaret M. Morlier, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Associate Dean for Academic Services and Graduate Studies

Milton; Victorian Poetry; 19th c. British Fiction; the Bible as Literature

B.A., M.A., University of New Orleans 
Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Margaret M. Morlier completed a masters thesis about Milton (1980) and a dissertation about Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1986). Between 1987 and 2000, she taught at the University of Richmond and Auburn University. She has been a member of the Reinhardt University faculty since 2000, where she has taught courses in Victorian poetry, the English novel, Milton, the Bible as Literature, literary theory, and women's literature. In 2004-2005, she served as Vice-Chair of the Faculty Senate. From fall 2006-spring 2009, she served as Chair of the Faculty Senate. In 2004-2005, she was selected as a Governor's Teaching Fellow for the State of Georgia. In 2005-2006 she was Director of the Reinhardt University Institute for Teaching Excellence (ITE). From 2002-2011, she also served as Director for the Reinhardt University Honors Program. Since January 2011, she has been the Associate Vice Dean for Academic Services and Graduate Studies.

"The Maze Within: Lady Mary Wroth’s “strang labournith” in Pamphilia
to Amphilanthus." Bloom's Literary Themes (2009).

“The Hero and The Sage: Elizabeth Barrett’s Sonnets ‘To George Sand’ in
Victorian Context.” Victorian Poetry 41(Fall 2003).

“A Note on ‘Goblin Market’: A Literary Source in Caroline Bowles Southey’s
‘Young Grey Head.’” The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, n.s. 8 (Fall 1999).

“Sonnets from the Portuguese and the Politics of Rhyme.” 
Victorian Literature and Culture 27 (1999).

"'Barbarous in Beauty': The Violence of Time in the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins."
Victorian Poetry 35 (1997): 215-32. 
Reprinted in Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism 189 (2008).

“Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Felicia Hemans: the ‘Poetess Problem.’”
Studies in Browning and His Circle 20 (1992).

“And She for God in Her: Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s New Eve.”
Sexuality, the Female Gaze, and the Arts. Susquehanna University Press (1992).

“The Death of Pan: Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Romantic Ego.”
Browning Institute Studies 18 (1990).
Reprinted in Critical Essays on Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1999).

William Walsh

William Walsh, M.F.A.

Director of the Creative Writing Program

Contemporary American Poetry; Southern Literature; Irish Cultural Studies

Fine Arts Faculty

Ashley S Calicchia

Ashley S. Calicchia, M.F.A.

Adjunct Faculty

Two-Dimensional Design; Art Appreciation (online); Art History; Survey of Modern Art; Survey of American Art

B.A., Reinhardt University
M.F.A., Vermont College of Fine Arts

Jym Davis

Jym Davis, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of Art

Coordinator of Fine Arts Program

Drawing; Digital Art

B.A., Carson Newman College
M.F.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

In addition to teaching Digital Art and Design, Jym teaches Art Fundamentals and Painting. Jym has shown his video work internationally with organizations like Microcinema and has also created music videos for several indie artists. In addition to digital art and video, he enjoys traditional studio media and working across artistic disciplines. Jym is originally from Radford, Virginia.

Rob Walker-Bunda

Adjunct Faculty

Tamara McElhannon

Adjunct Faculty

History Faculty

Theresa Ast

Theresa L. Ast, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Teaching and Scholarly Interests: Modern Europe; Modern Africa; WWII/Holocaust Studies; History of Science

B.A., Kennesaw State University
M.A., Ph.D., Emory University

Theresa L. Ast completed a Masters thesis about the concentration camp Dachau and a dissertation about the American soldiers who liberated the Nazi concentration camp system during World War II. In 1992, she was awarded the John Snell Paper Prize given by the Southern Historical Association for the best thesis produced in a southern university.

She regularly teaches the two European history survey courses and offers the following seminars: Twentieth Century Europe, Modern Germany, The Holocaust in History, History of Science, Conflict in the Twentieth Century (235M), and War and Society (LST 301). 

Dr. Ast has received teaching awards from the University of West Georgia and Reinhardt University. She received the United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award in 2000. She was selected to participate in the 2001 National Archives Documents Training Program, "Primarily Teaching," in Washington, D.C. and was selected to participate in the Georgia Governor's Teaching Fellow Program in 2003-2004.

She is particularly interested in bringing the "Scholarship of Teaching and Learning" to the Reinhardt campus and has participated in a number of Teaching Circles. In 2007, she received the Elizabeth Moss Bailey Mentor Award from Reinhardt students. In addition to coordinating the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Dr. Ast is currently editing a collection of poetry written by a Polish-American immigrant.

Carrie Anne DeLoach

Adjunct Faculty

Timothy Furnish, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty

Islam; Mahdism

Timothy J. Lumley, M.A.

Adjunct Faculty


Ken Wheeler

Kenneth H. Wheeler, Ph.D.

Professor of History
President, Georgia Association of Historians (2014-2015)

U.S. History; Regional and Local History; Civil War; Violence Studies

A.B. Earlham College
M.A., Ph.D. Ohio State University

Dr. Wheeler teaches a variety of courses in American history, including:

HIS 251, American History to 1865

HIS 252, American History since 1865

HIS 350, Colonial and Revolutionary America

HIS 354, Civil War & Reconstruction

HIS 356, America from 1900 to 1945

HIS 358, America since 1945

HIS 374, History of Georgia

HIS 380, Religion in America

HIS 377, American Feminism

IDS 309, Teaching and Learning: Education in America

IDS 317, Town and Gown: Local History and Culture

Faculty Research and Scholarship Award, Reinhardt University (2021)

John C. Inscoe Award, Georgia Historical Society, for the best article
published in the Georgia Historical Quarterly (2019)

Jane England Teaching Excellence Award, Reinhardt University (2018)

Modern Cronies: Southern Industrialism from Gold Rush to Convict Labor (University of Georgia Press, 2021)

Cultivating Regionalism: Higher Education and the Making of the American Midwest (Northern Illinois University Press, 2011)

Recent Articles and Essays:
"How the Midwest Encountered Mass Consumer Culture," in The Sower and the Seer: Perspectives on the Intellectual History of the American Midwest (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2021)

"Universalism and the Dissenting Tradition in the Deep South," Journal of Unitarian Universalist History (2018-2019)

With David Busman, Jessica Fanczi, Madeline Gray, Gladys Guzman-Gomez, Abigail M. Merchant, Madelyn Montgomery, Bradley Dane Niday, Kailey Payne, Aliyah Reeves, “Black Student Experiences in the Racial Integration of Reinhardt College, 1966-1972,” Georgia Historical Quarterly (2018)

“Racial Expulsion and a Myth of Whiteness: Why Reinhardt Normal College Abandoned the New South and Became a Mountain School,” Journal of Appalachian Studies (2018)

“Joseph E. Brown and the Civil War in Cherokee County, Georgia,” in Cherokee County Voices From the Civil War (Cherokee County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, 2014)

With Jennifer Lee Cowart. “Who Was the Real Gus Coggins?: Social Struggle and Criminal Mystery in Cherokee County, 1912-1927,” Georgia Historical Quarterly (2013)

Library Faculty

Philosophy Faculty

Religion Faculty

The Rev. Curtis G. Lindquist, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Religion and Philosophy

Christian Theology and History; World Religions

A.B., DePauw University
M. Div., Yale University
Ph.D., Emory University

Aquiles Martinez

The Rev. Aquiles E. Martinez, Ph.D.

Professor of Religion
Coordinator, Religion Studies Program


Ancient Israel, Early Christianity, Hermeneutics

M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
M.A.T.S., Northern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Denver/The Iliff School of Theology

"Mordecai and Esther: Migration Lessons from Persian Soil,"
Journal of the Latin American Theology: Christian Reflections from the Latino
South 4.1 (2009): 16-50.

Timoteo y Tito (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2008).

"The Immigration Controversy and Romans 13:1-7,
Apuntes: reflexiones teológicas desde el margen hispano 27, no. 4 (Winter, 2007):

"On Sheep and Goats: The Treatment of Foreigners According to Jesus
(Matthew 25:31-46), Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology (2007).

"Jesus, the Immigrant Child: A Diasporic Reading of Matthew 2:1-23,"
Apuntes 26, no. 3 (Fall, 2006): 84-114.

Introduccion Al Nuevo Testamento (Abingdon Press, 2006).

El Bautismo--Puetra de Entrada a Una Nueva Vida En Cristo--Manual de Estudio
(Bilingue) /Baptism--Doorway to a New Life in Christ: a Study Manual (Bilingual)
(Discipleship Resources, 2004).

Despues De Damasco: El Apostol Pablo Desde Una Perspectiva Latina
(Abingdon Press, 2004).

"I enjoy Reinhardt because it has given me the freedom and support to be creative in my teaching, research, and writing; to minister to the church and society in practical ways; to mentor students on a one-to-one basis and learn from them; and to provide them with the tools to be critical thinkers, faith-lead individuals, and leaders and agents of social change." Rev. Dr. Martinez

John. F. Robison, D.P.A., M.Div.

Adjunct Faculty

Barbara Stamey, M.A.

Adjunct Faculty

General Education Religion

World Languages and Cultures Faculty

Amanda Nichols

Adjunct Faculty

Susan Fernie, M.A.

Adjunct Faculty

Yazmin Morrone, M.A.

Adjunct Faculty

Cicely Sims, M.A.

Adjunct Faculty
American Sign Language

Jennifer Summey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Coordinator, World Languages and Cultures Program